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Randy's Thought of the Day - 3/27/2013

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 1:15 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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Randy\'s Thought of the Day - 3\/27\/2013

It’s impossible to know what stretch of the Sharks season will end up being the most important to their playoff hopes.  Maybe it was the 7 game winning streak at the beginning of the year that gave them a cushion?  Or it could come down to the final two games of the season on the road in Phoenix and LA.  But the next 4 home games against Anaheim, Detroit, Phoenix and Vancouver will certainly tell us a lot about where the team is heading and perhaps where some individual players are or are not heading.

The NHL trade deadline is a week from today.  As of this morning the Sharks are in a playoff spot, 8th in the West. If the next 4 games go well they’ll be in good shape at the deadline.  If things go sideways they could fall out of the top 8 in a hurry.

I’m not required to provide “keys to the game”.  That duty is left for far more advanced hockey minds than mine. (Remenda, Baker, Hedican, Brown)  But these are MY Great White Bites, so here are my keys to victory tonight against Anaheim.

Urgency and focus.

It was great that the Sharks broke out against Anaheim Monday and scored 5 goals. But it’s hardly time to start feeling comfortable.  I’m guessing the Ducks are going to be in a snarly mood tonight and the Sharks have to match that with urgency from the first drop of the puck.

And then there’s the issue of focus.  When things have gone bad for the Sharks it’s usually been a loss of focus/composure over a 2 or 3-minute stretch that sees the game get away from them.  They overcame some adversity within that game Monday and settled down to close it out.  That needs to happen again tonight.

I’m Randy Hahn.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 75 36 31 10 67
J. Thornton 71 14 48 -4 62
L. Couture 75 24 37 -4 61
B. Burns 75 16 39 -5 55
P. Marleau 75 17 35 -17 52
T. Wingels 68 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 75 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 65 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
M. Karlsson 46 13 9 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 1 .902 2.60
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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